Without bad communication, there would no film and TV.

As a comms expert, what do I always notice when I am watching a series or a film? It’s the lies that the characters tell or the withholding of key information.

It makes me laugh out loud sometimes, when a character has a true best friend but out of character suddenly decides to withhold some key information that would make life continue as normal. But once that key info is held back, all hell breaks loose, and the disaster part of the story arc is activated.

You can’t actually have a story arc without lies and missing communication. The story needs drama and things to go wrong for it to then be remedied and saved. We all crave the happily ever after, don’t we?

But this does tell us why need to communicate effectively. When we do not, bad things happen, drama ensues, and the baddies are given an opportunity to win.

 So next time you are watching a show and some dodgy communication occurs – have a smile on me.

PS: Here are IMBD’s top films with ‘lie’ in the title LINK and the image is from a brilliant Mike Leigh film – Secrets and Lies.

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